Things changed, literally overnight, when I moved from Texas to Wisconsin to go to college. Culture shock set in.
Here are a few of the differences:
- I went to a high school with almost 5,000 students and then I went to college with not quite 250 students.
- Friday nights were about football in Texas, along with all-you-can-eat enchiladas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and sopapillas. In Wisconsin, Friday nights were about all you can eat fish fry.
- In El Paso, you acknowledge people when you walked by whether you knew them or not. And in Wisconsin, the usual greeting is to drop your head as soon as someone gets within fifteen feet of you.
While I do appreciate some of the differences, it was difficult to acclimate to my new surroundings. Things change.
Things changed in the United States almost overnight. It’s like a culture shock. Most universities were instituted by Christians and Christian organizations. Now, many of those same universities are tenured by numerous professors who don’t have time for God. Instead of making God a priority, many people look for hope in what they can accomplish instead of what God has accomplished for all. Sin has become a right. It is like we are living in a different world now.
That’s why, this weekend, we are beginning a new teaching series on 1 Peter called The Way of the Exile. This series will help us navigate our changing world with the never-changing truth and person of Jesus!
I hope to see you in person or online this weekend at 9:00 or 10:30am.
Sharing Christ’s victory,
CURRENT SERIES – THE WAY OF THE EXILE
ICYMI – Last Sunday, Pastor Ben wrapped up the series with a message about pride. Like it did for Joseph, pride gets in the way of our family relationships. But, with God’s help, we can become humble and reconcile ourselves to our families and to God. Click here to read or watch last Sunday’s message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend, Pastor Bill kicks off the new series with a message about hope. What we think about the future affects the way we live in the present, so we can praise God for the living hope we have in Christ. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online. You can also access a Spotify playlist for this series by clicking here.
This Week’s Bible Reading – This week in the Biblical Storyline Plan, we read Numbers 11-27. Supporting videos from The Bible Project included Pescha: Transgression and Avon: Iniquity. Learn more about this reading plan and get involved at votl.life/bible.
Daylight Saving Time Starts Saturday Night – Make sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2:00am on Sunday, and you wouldn’t want to be late to church! (Don’t worry… you can nap after the service.)
Stop the Spread of Germs – Remember: the best way to stop the spread of germs is to keep them to yourself! If you’re feeling ill, we encourage you to tune into church online at victoryofthelamb.com on Sundays at 9:00 & 10:30am. You can fill out a connection card while watching to let us know you joined us online! And, if you are at church and worried about sharing germs, feel free to wave or fist bump instead of shaking hands.
Saturday Worship Starts March 21 – Victory will begin offering 5:00pm Saturday worship services starting on March 21. Adding a Saturday worship service is both a way for us make space for you and to reach more people with Christ’s victory by making space for those people you invite to Victory. Thank you for your generosity and support as we continue to grow.
Share Jesus in Victory Kids! – We’ve got an opportunity for you to get involved in Victory Kids, an important ministry at Victory of the Lamb. There are volunteer positions available in all classrooms, as well as in support roles for Victory Kids. Click here to let Liz, our Victory Kids director, know you’re interested in serving and sharing Jesus with the little kids at Victory.
Youth Worship Team – If you’ve got a teenage musician in grades 6-12 who has training on drums, keys, guitar, or vocals, we encourage them to check out the Youth Worship Team. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 15 at 11:45am in the worship space. Parents and teens are invited to learn more about this new groups; no instruments needed for this meeting.
Road to Resilience Support Group – Road to Resilience is a new small group at Victory to meet people where they are at with Christ’s victory. In this group, you will find a safe place to positively deal with addictions of all kinds, finding support and hope. This group is led by Jamie Wallack and Ryan Paxton, and they’ll meet on Thursdays at 6:30pm at the Ministry Center, starting March 19. For more information about small groups, including this new opportunity, go to votl.life.
Blood Drive – Save a life… donate blood! Our first blood drive for 2020 is happening on Wednesday, March 25 from 3:00-7:00pm. You can click here to make your appointment now. You can also sign up to provide childcare, snacks, and clean-up assistance by clicking here. (NOTE: You’ll need to sign into your MyVOTL account to sign up to help.)